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Structuring a meditation session

Structuring a meditation session

Part of a series of short teachings given during the Four Establishments of Mindfulness Winter Retreat in 2013. More extensive teachings on the establishments of mindfulness can be found here.

  • Begin with a few minutes of silent meditation
  • Take refuge and generate bodhicitta
  • Meditate on lamrim topic if you like
  • Do particular practice, e.g. Shakyamuni Buddha practice
  • Purify and create merit by doing the seven-limb prayer, mandala offering and request for inspiration from the Buddhas
  • Meditate on a topic such as the body as a corpse from the “Four Establishments of Mindfulness”
  • Visualize the Buddha absorbs into you and purifies your mind
  • Dedicate the merit

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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